The Trump administration has been blasting a firehose of bullshit for more than a year now. The sheer amount of complete nonsense emanating from Washington D.C. is so overwhelming at times that it is natural to want to shrug off a few untruths if only for the sake of preserving some level of sanity.
But not all of this nonsense can, or should, be ignored. For example, take a look at what Scott Pruitt — the freaking head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — recently told a Las Vegas news outlet about Climate Change. From the Washington Post:
Pruitt has repeatedly questioned the scientific consensus that rising levels of carbon dioxide from human-fueled activity are warming the planet.
He’s now taking a different tack: Even if climate change is occurring, as the vast majority of scientists say it is, a warmer atmosphere might not be so awful for humans, according to Pruitt. [Pols emphasis]
“We know humans have most flourished during times of what, warming trends,” Pruitt said Tuesday during an interview on KSNV, an NBC affiliate in Las Vegas.
Pruitt has regularly contradicted his own agency since taking over at the EPA early last year, but his comments on Climate Change have normally been about his disagreement over the role humans have played in warming the planet (nevermind that roughly 97% of the scientific community agrees that humans are causing Climate Change). But let’s set aside, for the moment, the argument over what or who is causing Climate Change; what is different here is Pruitt’s apparently growing belief that Climate Change may actually be good for humans!
Pruitt’s absurd statements on Climate Change may be largely supported by the White House, but even the Trump administration knows when one of its own has gone a bit too far off the edge. Just last Saturday, the White House withdrew the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to lead its Council on Environmental Quality after hearing a bit too much of Hartnett White’s claims that carbon dioxide is “the gas of life on this planet.” This probably doesn’t bode well for the hopes of another person rumored to be under consideration as the White House “science adviser.” As EE News reports, Will Happer is a strong proponent of the cockamamie theory that crops will benefit from Climate Change (though in one sense, plants probably would benefit from humans being dead).
To recap, the person in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency is saying publicly that Climate Change might be a good thing for humans. Really.